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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Orion
Bert Jansch's third album is, in my humble opinion, his greatest. An album filled with traditional songs it truly goes to show just what a great guitarist he is. As if Bert's talent wasn't enough he is joined by the equally great John Renbourn on some tracks which even further heighten the worth of this album to any guitar player. Even if you arent a guitar player the...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bert's back catalogue
One star cos it never turned up so I can't tell you if it's any good or not! Refund process worked fine though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Orion, 11 Jan 2007
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Bert Jansch's third album is, in my humble opinion, his greatest. An album filled with traditional songs it truly goes to show just what a great guitarist he is. As if Bert's talent wasn't enough he is joined by the equally great John Renbourn on some tracks which even further heighten the worth of this album to any guitar player. Even if you arent a guitar player the album is so full of great songs that you won't be able to stop listening to it.

The highlights of the album include the wonderful Blackwaterside, not so famously stolen by Jimmy Page for his insturmental track on Led Zeppelin's first album. Another song that has obvioiusly influenced Page is the Waggoner's Lad. The interplay between the Jansch's banjo and Renbourn's guitar is bordering on genius although admittedly the song does start to ramble on a bit. The chord sequence and intro banjo solo have a great resemblance to Led Zeppelin's Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. However the higlight of the album has to be the 9 minute epic and title track Jack Orion. This song truly broke the mold for the typical folk song arrangement. As the liner notes say it was previuosly unheard of for folk songs to last for longer than 3 minutes.

Although I simply dont have enough time to mention all the tracks, it must be said that not a single track on this album is a filler.

The album has influenced countless musicians and i strongly advise that you follow in their wake and buy this album
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Description, 27 Jan 2007
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Alex Clifton (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
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This album is an absolute gold British folk classic. Bert Jansch has made over 25 amazing albums in his time but this 1966 recording is definitely one of his best. Here, although the banjo does feature in the first track, he plays mainly his acoustic guitar. This is executed with perfect skill and sense of rhythm making this truely enjoyable and interesting to listen to. Most of the tracks compile a masterclass in the art of solo guitar-playing, with Jansch playing alone, but there are a few tracks in which the great man plays with his old flat-mate John Renbourn- 'The Waggoner's Lad', 'Henry Martin', 'Pretty Polly' and the nine and a half minute masterpiece, 'Jack Orion'. These duets make the already stunning guitar music even more powerful and entertaining. After buying 'Jack Orion' I am not at all surprised that so many great artists have been heavily influenced by Bert Jansch, namely Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. If you're a guitarist, a fan of folk or just appreciate good music, you'll be listening to this solid classic over and over again. It's definitely worth buying...enjoy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real classic, 19 Mar 2007
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Great music. It sounds much more fresh and inventive than folk music normally does, and it is 40 years old.

A great guitarist and singer at the peak of his powers on this album.

Just buy it and enjoy it, and ignore all the noise about "better than Bob Dylan", "Nick Drake was a better guitarist" etc etc
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Orion: Bert Jansch - Innovative folk, 15 May 2012
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This 1966 album is the third from Scottish folk maestro Bert Jansch. As an added bonus it also features John Renbourn. It's an album very much of it's time. It shows a young Jansch already a master of the guitar and with a love of folk, yet at the same time still learning and growing. In many respects it has the feel of an early Bob Dylan album, though Jansch is clearly a better musician and singer.

It's a straightforward album of traditional folk songs, played in a seemingly simple fashion. But listen more closely, and you can hear how Jansch cleverly uses the guitar to evoke his trademark feeling of darkness and gloom. The atmosphere is thick with doom as he leads us through tales of love, betrayal and death. Underpinning it is always his gifted guitar abilities. The sound is raw, lacking the polish and richness that marked Jansch's later work, but it is totally suited to the material, a more polished finish would have been totally wrong for the album.

This album is famous for being the controversially uncredited source of Led Zeppelin's Black Mountain Side, Jimmy Page seems to have lifted it wholesale from Jansch's innovative rendering of Black water side. Even if it weren't for the rest of the great music here it would be an interesting album just to hear the genesis of this rock classic.

This 2008 Sanctuary release boasts a good clear remastering, and some interesting liner notes. No extra material from the vaults though, which would have been nice. All in all a decent release for an excellent album. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars traditional side of bert, 12 July 2014
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A young Jimmy Page was obsessed by this record and , for a while , it took over his life . With the exception of the Ewan MacColl song which dare not speak it's name , the songs are all traditional . They are beautifully played and sung . When Jimmy Page came to the studios with Led Zeppelin , he couldn't resist pinching Black Water Side .
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best, 11 Mar 2010
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Chris Waywell "cjwaywell" (Warrington) - See all my reviews
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This is one of my favourite Jansch CD's and it is a Classic which you will enjoy and be safe with. Enjoy it for now as in his later years Bert loses the plot.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bert's back catalogue, 22 July 2014
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Geoffrey R. Wilson "# 1 owl" (Wiltshire UK) - See all my reviews
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One star cos it never turned up so I can't tell you if it's any good or not! Refund process worked fine though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A+, 16 July 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jack Orion by Bert Jansch, 25 Jan 2010
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Mr. Rodger Jenkinson (England) - See all my reviews
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Nice album; but not as interesting as the 1st two, or indeed his later work "Black Swan". If you are a fan (as I am) you will have to have it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A+, 16 July 2014
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